Archive for February 5, 2013
There are some facts about gun control which may be unsettling. Gun control facts include data about gun ownership and gun crime statistics. If anyone cares to go through even a few items of gun death statistics, he will be convinced about the need for making gun control more effective through legislation. The only people who do not seem to be bothered about gun control facts are the pro gun lobbies which are determined to scuttle any move towards governing gun ownership by law.
Gun control facts throw up many truths by way of facts and figures including gun crime statistics. Many of these facts have been extensively covered in gun control debates. But we need to go through them again and again both to reinforce the argument in favor of strong gun control law and to challenge the position adopted by the anti gun law groups.
As per figures based on worldwide data, the United States is in possession of about 50 percent of the guns in the world. This refers to the guns owned by individuals not by the US army, police or other security forces. Yet the population of the US is only about 5 percent of the world population. The wide divergence between the share in the population and the share in the gun ownership is a clear pointer to the high rate of gun ownership in our country. We seem to be paying the price for such high gun ownership as indicated by the fact that in those parts of our country which have a large gun owning population, the number of children getting killed by guns is very high.
Opponents of gun control have their own arguments in support of their position. One argument often heard is that the right of gun ownership is provided by the 2nd amendment. But the fact is that nearly the entire 2nd amendment (99 percent , if you want the correct figure) was drafted by people who had no legal background. In fact most of them have not even been to the college. Given this background of the people behind this law, making an amendment to this law cannot be considered wrong. Perhaps because they realize that they do not have any strong points on their side, some pro NRA legislators are known to be creating rules that will prevent the CDC from studying gun violence.
Everyone has their own opinions these days of the various gun control pros and cons that exist. With recent shootings making their way into the national spotlight, including the use of guns on innocent children, the debate is hot, and each side has its own points and its own various ways to get across its point to the other side. Those weighing in on gun control pros and cons often offer up gun control statistics, showing why there should be more gun control or less gun control for a particular state or on a more federal level. When discussing gun control pros and cons, people tend to get heated, and often they are talking to people who are on the other side of the fence about the pros and cons of gun control, so it makes obvious sense for the debate to be so heated. So where are these people getting their information on the advantages and drawbacks to putting stricter laws into effect on controlling guns? It depends on who you talk to, but there are specific places in particular that serve as resources for each side of the spectrum.
On the side in favor of gun control measures, there are think tanks and research organizations that look very closely into statistics surrounding gun control, including the effectiveness of any measures placed on a particular entity or area with regard to gun control laws. These research agencies are normally wanting higher gun control laws because they see the damage that can be done with guns and they look at the more personal side of things, where real people are harmed every day by not having stricter gun control laws enacted and enforced. On the side against gun control measures being enacted, there also are think tanks and research agencies, but a national association involved with guns often serves as the place to go for these people. This national association advocates both in Washington DC and elsewhere for less stringent laws relating to guns, primarily as a symbol of the national freedoms that Americans have enjoyed for centuries.
Each side looks into both gun control pros and cons, but each side then takes a side too. This passionate debate over gun control pros and cons is hitting the national scope once again, and both sides are looking for more data and facts to back up their positions by utilizing these two resources.